In early 2004, I took a trip to the local landfill after spending the day landscaping my backyard. I was horrified by how many single-use bags filled the scene. Plastic bags blanketed the landscape in a thin mix of white and beige plastic.
On my way home, I continued to notice plastic bags everywhere; caught in trees and on fence posts, half drowned in gutter puddles and blowing in the streets like urban tumbleweeds. I vowed to stop using single-use bags for good. Inspired, I dropped a few bucks on a secondhand sewing machine and began sewing what would ultimately become the first ChicoBag brand reusable bag.
- Andy Keller
CHICOBAG CORE VALUES
WE BUILD OPEN, HONEST, WIN-WIN-WIN RELATIONSHIPS
We always strive for the holistic win, win, win - where all parties, including our Earth are considered. We communicate openly with our customers, partners and with each other. We seek first to understand, then to be understood. We are proactive, courageous and start with the end in mind. We measure what is important. We say only what we mean. We don’t make assumptions and we find the courage to ask questions and to express what we really want. This type of communication leads to open and honest relationships that allow for the needs of each party to be met.
WE STRIVE FOR ZERO WASTE
We strive to leave the planet better than we found it. When waste does not become food for another system; natural or otherwise, it becomes pollution. We are committed to continually creating efficiencies that eliminate waste in all aspects of our business. We walk the talk and simply refuse the big 4 (single-use plastic bags, single-use water bottles, single-use cups and polystyrene take-out). We value efficiency, durability, innovation and quality. We always strive to do our best, and acknowledge that we will make mistakes. We will never let a mistake go to waste - always improving, always learning, always being the change we wish to see in the world. We believe this is good for our businesses, good for the people whose lives we touch and good for the planet.